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Raspberry Pi (for temp control, automation, Digital Kegerator & more)

Raspberry Pi Model B+ Basic Starter Kit

Raspberry Pi Model B+ Basic Starter Kit from Vilros.  Includes Raspberry Pi Model B+, Enclosure and Wireless Wi-Fi Adapter.

This can be used to put together a temperature controller or for brew system automation and control.  Or (via HBF Reader Chris) use this in conjunction with Raspberry Pints to display a digital tap list with or without flow meters to track pints served and beer remaining.

Got a great homebrewing related Raspberry Pi Project?  We’d love to share the details with your fellow homebrewers.  Email us the deets.

2/13/16 9 PM Central: This has dropped to $27.30.  That’s the best historical (third party) Amazon price I found.  Shipping is also free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Raspberry Pi Model B+ Basic Starter Kit

RelatedRaspberryPints Digital Tap List – Step by Step Tutorial

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Used 5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs – $64.99 Shipped

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Used 5 gallon Ball Lock Cornelius Kegs from MoreBeer.  Rinsed, Pressure Tested and Guaranteed to Hold pressure.  Double rubber top handle (preferably to single tops as you can rest them upside down to dry) and rubber bottom.

More Info

from MoreBeer…
This Ball Lock Cornelius Keg is a sturdy, reliable keg with the MoreBeer! seal of approval. This keg is rinsed and pressure tested and guaranteed to hold pressure upon delivery.

Every Ball Lock Cornelius Keg has a 5 gallon capacity and a rubber top and bottom. While these are used kegs with slight cosmetic damages, these light dings and scratches have no effect the keg’s performance. The relief valves, poppets and gaskets on these used kegs are not replaced before shipping, but we sell all of these items separately if you’d like to replace them yourself at home (part numbers KEG540, KEG450 & KEG500). If you’re looking for a truly economical way to serve your beer at home, this Ball Lock Cornelius Keg is a great option.

  • Used keg with minor cosmetic damage only
  • Ball lock corny kegs measure approximately 8.5″ (diameter) x 25″ (height) x 26 1/4″ Height with flare fittings
  • Soda kegs may come with either 11/16 inch body connects or 7/8″ body connects
  • Purchase deep sockets to remove body connects (part numbers KEG991 and KEG992)

 

Cornelius Keg – Pressure Tested w/o Gaskets Replaced (Ball Lock) KEG423$74.99 $64.99 + Free Shipping

Keg O-Rings: [Dip Tube – Silicone] · [Post – Silicone] · [Lid – Silicone]

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Reader Tip: Igloo 3.5 Cu Ft Chest Freezer – $135.20… Shipped

Thanks to HBF Reader Mark for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

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Igloo 3.5 Cu Ft Chest Freezer, model FRF434 via Wal-Mart.  We’ve featured this one other time at $169.  It’s down to just $135.20.  That’s a savings of $113.80.  It also ships for free.

Possible homebrew uses include – putting together a kegerator or a fermentation chamber.

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Check it out at Wal-Mart – Igloo 3.5 cu. ft. Chest Freezer – $135.20 + Free Shipping

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100′ 1/4″ ID [Gas or Beer] Tubing

ATP Vinyl-Flex PVC Plastic Tubing, Clear, 1/4" ID x 3/8" OD, 100 feet Length

100 Feet of 1/4″ ID  Tubing by ATP.  FDA Approved and NSF Certified.  1/4″ ID, 3/8″ OD.  Rated for a maximum pressure of 55 PSI.  This should be suitable for gas and beer applications within stated specifications.

ATP Vinyl-Flex PVC Plastic Tubing, Clear, 1/4″ ID x 3/8″ OD, 100 feet Length

Also available in 3/16″ ID…
ATP Vinyl-Flex PVC Plastic Tubing, Clear, 3/16″ ID x 5/16″ OD, 100 feet Length

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Update: Overstock Keg Sale… from $34.95 with Flat Rate Shipping

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Keg Connection has an inventory overstock sale going on right now that brings pin lock kegs down to just $34.95.  Ball Locks are just $49.95.  An important part of this sale is the fact that Keg Connection offers flat rate shipping.  I’ve seen pin locks for $34.95.  I haven’t seen them for $34.95 + flat rate.  These are some great deals.  No coupon code is necessary.  Discount should be reflect on product page.

Update: This great sale was set to end a couple days ago.  I just double checked (2/7/16) and it’s still going.  Not sure what’s up, but if you missed out, here you go.

Check it out – Overstock Keg sale at Keg Connection

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CM Becker In Line Flow Compensator – Save $10 + Perlick Sale

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CM Becker In Line Flow Control Compensator via MoreBeer.

When you put a beer on tap the carbonation level is a function of temperature and CO2 pressure.  In a nutshell… higher carbonation levels (or temperatures) require higher CO2 pressures.  See: Balancing Your Draft System for more info.

Higher CO2 pressures need to be offset with appropriate resistance.  A Hefeweizen at 20 PSI isn’t going to serve well with your typical 5′ of beer line.  You need to add stuff to produce resistance so that when you’re beer hits the air it’s not speeding like a rocket ship toward your glass.  Many times that’s done by increasing tubing lengths.  That can work but does have some down sides.  Chief among those, at least to me, is you can end up having a good amount of beer sitting in those lines.  Temperatures are usually higher toward the top of your kegerator [See: Kegerator Beer Line Temperatures & Reducing Foam with a Recirculating Fan], so that means your first pint is still going to be foamy.  This also results in some guesswork and requires that you swap tubing out when you change carbonation levels.

This allows you to restrict flow to reduce foam without the need for additional tubing or a specific faucet.  You use the provided Allen wrench to adjust resistance.  This means no adding additional tubing on a beer beer or carbonation level basis.  Easy to disassemble for cleaning

More Info

from MoreBeer

Add the perfect amount of restriction to any beer line to reduce foam. Eliminates the need for flow control in the faucet itself. Great for use in Jockey Boxes or anywhere you are serving beverages with varying levels of carbonation.

If you are currently using a long length of tubing to increase restriction you can now shorten your tubing. A shorter line holds less beer. Beer that is stored in the line tends to warm up quicker, adding to foaming issues, and is more likely to stale from bacteria present in the line.

  • Adjust flow with an included Allen wrench (keeps unauthorized people from adjusting the unit)
  • Eliminate foam from beer or slow down / speed up other beverages
  • Fix systems with issues without having to replace lines or faucets
  • Take the guesswork out of line restriction.  You can use shorter lines and still have perfect restriction.  You can also use larger ID lines and adjust as necessary.
  • Easy to disassemble for cleaning, clear body for easy monitoring
  • Made in Germany by CM Becker from Food grade plastic and stainless steel parts!
  • Comes Equipped with 2 x 3/16″ Barbs
  • Easy to install to any existing beer line (cut line and install two clamps)

 

CM Becker In Line Flow Control Compensator D1235$49.99 $39.99 + Free Shipping with a $59 order

MoreBeer Also has Perlick Faucets On Sale…

Perlick Faucet – Stainless D1218 – $57.99 $39.99 + Free Shipping with $59 Order

Perlick Faucet – Flow Control D1221 – $59.99 $49.99 + Free Shipping with a $59 order

At $49.95 it’s not what I would consider cheap.  You can get a Perlick with Flow Control built in for about that price.  The inline does have some advantages.  It will work with any faucet and it requires a tool to adjust resistance.

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Reader Tip: Haier 5.0 cu ft Freezer – $129.98 at Sam’s Club

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Haier 5.0 CU FT Chest Freezer

Haier 5.0 cu ft Chest Freezer, Model # HF50CM23NW.  Includes removable basket.  Sam’s Club has this marked down to just $129.98.  Order online and pickup in store for free.

Possible homebrew uses include – putting together a kegerator or a fermentation chamber.

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Check it out at Sam’s Club – Haier 5 cu. ft. Chest Freezer

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